When times feel uncertain you can take peace in knowing your home is your safe space. You’re probably spending more time there nowadays. That’s why your indoor air quality is now more important than ever.
Did you know we can install indoor air quality products in your house that provide hospital-grade filtration? These products can eliminate bacteria from your air, as well as allergens, odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Modern houses are tightly closed, which is good for energy efficiency. But it also means your home’s air might be worse than the air outside. In reality, the EPA says it can be two to five times worse than outdoors. This could be troublesome since we spend about 90% of our lifetime in a building.
There are many things that can lead to poor indoor air quality, like cleaning products and air fresheners. These can result in headaches and worsen allergies and asthma.
There’s a combination of things you can do to better your air quality. Some include better air filters, an air purification system or an ultraviolet (UV) germicidal light.
Not certain which system is a good fit for your home? Our skilled technicians can conduct an indoor air quality audit. Based on the outcome, we can then suggest the most fitting option for your household’s unique needs.
Continue reading to learn more about the air quality equipment we provide.
When comparing air filters, it’s essential to look at the MERV rating, or Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value. This measures how efficiently it filters pollutants.
One of the most average and most economical filters, flat fiberglass filters, are rated between 1 and 4 on the MERV system. Pleated filters are somewhat better, rated between 8 and 12.
We suggest getting at minimum MERV 13, for instance the HC13 Media Air Cleaner, for the most ideal effect. This filter provides clearer air while lowering energy use.
High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters are deemed the best in air filtration, as they’re typically used in hospitals. They’re effective at capturing 99.97–99.99% of indoor pollutants, such as pollen, pet dander and smoke.
Before installing a more powerful filter, reach us at 847-362-0262. Our experts can help you select the right option for your system.
Lennox offers some of the most advanced air purification units you can purchase. PureAir™ S and Healthy Climate™ PureAir Air Purification Systems offer hospital-grade filtration while handling all categories of indoor air contaminants.
These powerful units can eliminate:
- 99.9% of allergens, such as pollen, dust and pet dander.
- 95% of bacteria-sized particles, including ones that lead to strep throat.
- 50% of VOCs and odors within 24 hours.
UV Germicidal Lights
A UV germicidal light is placed within your HVAC equipment. Its powerful rays eliminate bacteria and mold within seconds.
If your family has allergies or asthma, this unit might give relief. Especially if you are in an extremely hot part of the country where bacteria and mold grow quickly.
This light also has an added advantage for your HVAC unit. It can help it last longer and heat and cool more efficiently, since it keeps the internal pieces clean.
Our air quality engineers advise installing one of these lights with an upgraded filter, such as our Carbon Clean 16® Media Air Cleaner, for optimal effect. This filter offers industry-leading MERV 16 filtration in addition to carbon-coated fibers to trap particles in your home’s air. It does all of this without restricting your HVAC unit’s airflow.
Having even humidity in your residence might help keep your household from getting sick when it’s chilly. It can help with sore throats, itchy skin and chapped lips, amidst added cold weather bothers.
If you aren’t aware of what your house’s humidity level is, we’ll measure it when we complete your indoor air quality audit. While the range fluctuates based upon outdoor temperatures, HVAC professionals typically recommend keeping it between 40–60 percent.
You can reach this ideal range by using a whole-home humidifier. This unit usually functions with your furnace or air handler to provide optimal humidity across your house. Some units, like the Healthy Climate® Whole-Home Power Humidifier, have an included fan to move humidity while your comfort equipment isn’t on.
Rely on the Pros for Your Indoor Air Quality Needs
At TopTec, we’re committed to making your home more comfortable. That’s why we provide Lennox air quality equipment, which are the most exhaustive solution you can buy.
We’re also more than merely your heating and cooling company. We’re concerned about the wellness of you and your household. That’s why our techs are taking more precautions when we come to your home.
To discover more about our air quality equipment, give us a call at 847-362-0262 or contact us online. Our skilled staff can also handle any concerns you might have with a technician coming to your residence today.
*Based on in-duct testing that shows Healthy Climate® filters reduce airflow restriction. Greater restriction of airflow creates a greater load on a unit’s fan motor, increasing energy consumption.